- - Sunday, June 10, 2012

Grade: F (This is why he needs a mentor like Bill Clinton.)

“Of course there could be weeks that are worse for a president, but this was a very, very bad one.

“While President Obama stumbled over his words a bit and clumsily ended up by saying ‘the private sector is doing fine,’ he really had to backtrack moments later so as to not appear that he was out of touch with reality.

“He and his administration are being accused of leaking highly classified information about secret technologies aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear program. Voters in Wisconsin sent him a mixed message by not recalling their Republican governor, turning over state Senate control to the Democrats, and saying they prefer Mr. Obama over Republican Mitt Romney in November.

“But key groups that Mr. Obama must count on to win, namely 18- to 29-year-olds, gave him a double whammy: 25 percent fewer young people turned out to vote last Tuesday, and they declared they had little use for unions. I am beginning to hear from both prominent and mainstream Democrats that they ‘feel his team is arrogant,’ that ‘he is not a leader,’ and they are ‘tired of hearing his voice.’

“He still is basically tied with Romney, but Jimmy Carter was tied with the ‘unacceptable’ and ‘dangerous’ Ronald Reagan going into the weekend before the 1980 election. Mr. Obama has not lost, but he has some serious ‘splainin’ to do as to why Americans are really better off with him remaining in office. That will be harder and harder to do if some former supporters are tired of hearing his voice in June.”

Last week’s grade: D

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